The sacrosanct status of the city as holy to the world's 4 billion Muslims, Christians, and Jews, and its central status to Palestinian aspirations to achieve basic human rights in their own land, is recognized by all countries of the world, including the United States, the USCMO said adding:
This declaration rings the death knell of any hope for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Jewish Voice of Peace
Jewish Voice of Peace described Trumps decision as reckless, deeply irresponsible decision: for Palestinians, Israelis, and all of us. And it's on us to stand up.
In an email Rabbi Alissa Wise, Deputy Director of JVP, said:
"What we need is a U.S. policy that recognizes and addresses the root causes of the ongoing crisis in Israel/Palestine, not one that drastically inflames already existing inequities.
"Trump's announcement overtly aligns the U.S. with an increasingly expansionist Israel, at the expense of Palestinian people's lives and rights, and without any regard for diplomacy.
"No country in the world has an embassy in Jerusalem today, because the international community doesn't recognize Israeli jurisdiction over the city. And there's near-global consensus that moving the Embassy is a very bad idea -- from Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, and other countries in the region, and from Germany, France, and the European Union, not to mention many senior U.S. State Department officials."
Is Donald Trump about to set the Middle East ablaze?
Jonathan Freedland wrote in the Guardian, President Trump is walking into a bone-dry forest with a naked flame, the world's most intractable conflict. "It is the issue that has foiled multiple efforts at peacemaking over several decades. Both Israelis and Palestinians insist that Jerusalem must be the capital of their states, present and future, and that that status is non-negotiable."
Freedland quoted the Palestinian ambassador to London as sayings that Trump's move amounts to "declaring war on 1.5 billion Muslims".
"Why is Trump doing it? Perhaps he wants to show that he's honoring his campaign pledges: now, along with his tax cut for the rich and his travel ban from mainly Muslim countries, he can tick the box marked Jerusalem. He said he would do it, and now he's doing it, and to hell with the consequences," Freedland concluded.
To borrow Stephen Lendman, fire and fury Trump warned North Korea about could erupt in Occupied Palestine and the Arab street.
Claiming to seek regional peace is a useful fiction, giving Israel maximum time to steal all valued Judea and Samaria land for exclusive Jewish development, Leman said adding:
"Trump's decision is further proof of the peace process hoax, the latest chapter dead before initiated, according to Lendman. East Jerusalem as Palestine's exclusive capital is fundamental for Palestinians. The issue is nonnegotiable.
"Without it, peace is unattainable -- precisely what Washington and Israel want, pretending otherwise. A legitimate peace process never existed, for sure not now with Ziofascists infesting the Trump administration."
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